We're Black and Blue All Over:
I didn't post anything immediately after Tuesday's annual release of the Green Bay Packers' financial report. I know how much you guys love those accounting/stadium/legal posts. But I do want to point out what I believe was the official release of the new capacity at Lambeau Field.
Vic Ketchman of Packers.com notes that the Packers' most recent renovation project -- adding about 7,000 end zone seats -- brings the official capacity to 80,750. That makes Lambeau the third-largest stadium in the NFL behind FedEx Field (home of the Washington Redskins) and MetLife Stadium (New York Giants/Jets).
For those interested, I have a few thoughts on the Packers' financials that will post later Tuesday. Otherwise, don't forget: Today is the day that ESPN.com is scheduled to flip commenting procedures on posts. You'll need to log in via Facebook to leave a comment. Good luck!
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers president Mark Murphy has learned how to relay the same basic message on the eventual retirement of Brett Favre's jersey in many different ways. He reiterated to reporters Tuesday, via the Associated Press, that Favre's jersey will be retired but not this year and he doesn't know when.
The Packers' starting running back, to be named later, is the 10th-most important player on their roster, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on entering the season in the final year of his contract, via ESPN 1000: "I haven't thought about it in a while, actually. I'll probably address it once in training camp, once before the season and that's kind of it. I'm not going to talk about it. That stuff takes care of itself. As long as we're winning football games and I'm playing well, hopefully they keep me around. If that doesn't happen, we'll see how it plays out. I'm not going to be distracted by it. I can't worry about it. I've been in this league long enough. I've seen guys come and guys go. It will work out the way it's supposed to work out."
The Bears are expecting big things from tight end Martellus Bennett, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears tailback Matt Forte is expecting to be used more in the passing game this season, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com: "The Detroit Lions will have several new starters on defense this season, including the outside linebacker spot previously held by Justin Durant. In what figures to be one of the fiercest training camp competitions, veteran Ashlee Palmer will attempt to fend off the challenge of second-year players Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis."
The Lions' late draft picks are hoping to stand out in training camp, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune talks to former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle John Randle about his love of golf.
Vikings cornerback Chris Cook is entering a pivotal season, according to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.